Bruce McAllister, a 16 year-old student, in 1963 wrote to 150 authors to settle a dispute with his English teacher about textual symbolism. More than 75 replied, including Ray Bradbury, John Updike, and Saul Bellow. McAllister later became an acclaimed author and literature professor. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
Kurt Vonnegut had a cameo appearance in the movie; β€˜Back to School.’ When the protagonist (Rodney Dangerfield) is asked how he is gong to write a paper on β€˜Vonnegut’ for literature class, if he hasn’t read any of the books? ...the actual Kurt Vonnegut shows up at his dorm room. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Daniel Oppenheimer won the Ig Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006 for his paper "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with using long words needlessly" which argues that simple writing makes authors appear more intelligent than complex writing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Sir David Attenborough is a member of the β€œOrder of Merit,” in 2015. It recognizes distinguished service in the armed forces, science, art, literature, or for the promotion of culture. Only 24 (living) people can be a member at a given time wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_…
Cicero wrote more than three-quarters of surviving Latin literature from the period of his adult life, encompassing the last of the Roman Republic and the rise and fall of Julius Caesar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
Despite publishing vast quantities of literature only three Mayan books exist today due to the Spanish ordering all Mayan books and libraries to be destroyed for being, "lies of the devil." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Rosetta Stone was discovered during the Egyptian campaign by Napoleon Bonaparte's French forces in 1799. It became the essential key to the modern understanding of ancient Egyptian literature and civilisation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Canaanism was a cultural and ideological movement founded in 1939 that reached its peak in the 1940s among the Jews of Mandatory Palestine. It has had significant effect on the course of Israeli art, literature and spiritual and political thought. wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaan…
Today I learned of the Chinese Poet, Li Bai. Considered the greatest poet in Chinese literature, a good chunk of his poems are dedicated to alcohol and drunkeness due to his rampant alcoholism. Legend has that he drowned after drunkenly trying to embrace the moon's reflection upon the river during a ferry-ride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_…
They used to give Olympic Medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, and music, alongside athletic medals. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The Epic of Gilgamesh is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature and the second oldest religious text. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pressured writer Boris Pasternak to decline a Nobel Prize for Literature, after publishing his banned novel Doctor Zhivago. After retirement, Khrushchev obtained a copy of the novel and stated, "We shouldn't have banned it. I should have read it myself." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Today I learned that Cicero wrote 75% of surviving Latin literature written between 90 and 40 BCE. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cic…
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. His most famous work was a six volume memoir about WW2, but he also wrote a science fiction alternate history story about the US Civil War. sf-encyclopedia.com/entry…
In 1972, hours after George Wallace was shot in an assassination attempt, Nixon rushed E. Howard Hunt to the shooter's apartment to plant campaign literature for Democrat George McGovern, hoping to sway McGovern supporters to Nixon. Hunt called it off after FBI sealed off the apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien for the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was rejected on the grounds that his writing "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality." bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Victor Klemperer, Jewish KZ inmate and post-WWII professor of German literature, wrote a book that analyzed how Nazis introduced a nearly Orwellian kind of German language. Examples are: "crisis" for defeat, "connection" (Anschluss) for annexation, and "enhanced interrogation" for torture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LTI…
The sativa/indica distinction as currently applied in literature is complete nonsense, and instead medical and retail cannabis products should have accurate biochemical assays of cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Hitler was an avid reader, having read at least 6,000 books, and would quote Shakespeare throughout WWII. He ranked Uncle Tom's Cabin, Gulliver's Travels, Don Quixote, and Robinson Crusoe as the great works of world literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Jean-Paul Sartre won the Nobel Prize in Literature but rejected the award and prize money because he thought it would compromise his independent thinking. theguardian.com/sport/201…
Today I learned that Borges, Neruda and Nabokov were the losers of the controversial 1965 Nobel Prize for Literature which was awarded to Soviet novelist Mikhail Sholokov. theguardian.com/books/201…
The concept of zombies goes all the way back to the dawn of written literature. In the Epic of Gilgmesh, Ishtar threatens to, "Raise up the dead and they shall eat the living." Similar ideas appear in the bible. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zom…
The Yongle Dadian was the biggest paper encyclopedia ever, comprising 22,937 manuscript rolls, or chapters, in 11,095 volumes (only 800 chapters in 400 volumes survived), on subjects such as agriculture, literature, medicine and religion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yon…
Proslavery literature was written after the publication of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' like the parody 'Aunt Phillis's Cabin' which states: "slaves are comfortable and contented, and their owners humane and kind" encyclopedia.com/humaniti…
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, won an Olympic gold medal for himself in 1912 - with a poem. 'Ode to Sport' won in the category for literature. Previous Olympic events also included architecture, music, painting and sculpture, until 1948. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
Dr. Seuss saw children's literature as a step down in a writer's career. Geisel was loved by millions of children but couldn't have children of his own; he wanted his work to be published but panicked when he had to talk about it publicly npr.org/2019/05/07/721005…
"thagomizer" is the unofficial name of the spike arrangement on the tails of stegasaurid dinosaurs in reference to a The Far Side cartoon. While unofficial, it is still used to describe the feature at the Smithsonian Institute, the Dinosaur Nat'l Monument, and in other literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tha…
Olga Tokarczuk, 2018 Nobel Prize winner for Literature got death threats for writing her magnum opus, 'The Books of Jacob' timesofisrael.com/polish-…
To avoid the censure of his father, a railroad worker who disapproved of poets, the teenage writer NeftalΓ­ Ricardo Reyes Basoalto wrote and published poetry under a pseudonym: Pablo Neruda. He would later legally adopt the name and go on to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. encyclopedia.com/people/l…
Before Bob Dylan's win in 2016, Rabindranath Tagore was the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. He was a wildly talented Indian poet, painter, and musician. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab…
CIA actively promoted the great Russian poet and writer Boris Pasternak's masterclass novel Doctor Zhivago by purchasing/distributing copies and publishing a Russian version. This led to Pasternak winning the 1958 Nobel Prize in Literature, but was forced by the government to decline it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
Today I learned of Pearl S. Buck (衛珍珠 - Sai Zhenzhu), Author and Activist that was the First American Woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and escaped death in the Nanking Incident of 1927 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
There are hardly any publishing houses devoted to African languages while prizes given to promote African literature have the condition that the writers don’t write in African languages. South Africa is one of the few countries where publishers are committed to publishing African languages readafricanbooks.com/opin…
In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore became the first non-European writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Highly prolific, Tagore was also a composer and wrote the national anthems for both India and Bangladesh and he started painting in his 60s vam.ac.uk/content/article…
HItler was fond of quoting Shakespeare throughout WWII. Hitler claimed to read a book a night and ranked Uncle Tom's Cabin, Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, and Gulliver's Travels as the greatest works of world literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
From 1912-1948 the Olympics awarded medals for sports-inspired art, including categories in architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. The organizers ended the contests because mostly professional artists entered and only amateurs were supposed to compete in the Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
From 1912 to 1952, the Olympics awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions. A total of 151 medals were awarded to original works in the fine arts inspired by athletic endeavors smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature. nobelprize.org/prizes/lit…
According to ancient Greek literature, when Odysseus arrived home after an absence of 20 years, disguised as a beggar, the only one to recognize him was his aged dog Argos, who wagged his tail at his master, and then died. spiritofchange.org/Winter…
The Olympics used to award medals for arts (literature, architecture, painting etc). Between 1912-1948 a total of 151 medals were awarded - the tradition was brought in because the Ancient Greeks used to hold art events alongside the games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
In ancient cosmologies, the Empyrean, was the place in the highest heaven. In Christian literature it is considered the dwelling-place of God, of celestial beings so divine they are made of pure light, and the source of light and creation itself. Dante visits this realm at the end of Paradiso. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
During the regime of General Sani Abacha (1993-98), Wole Soyinka (first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature) escaped from Nigeria. Abacha later proclaimed a death sentence against him "in absentia." With civilian rule restored to Nigeria in 1999, Soyinka returned to his nation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
J.R.R. Tolkien was nominated by fellow author CS Lewis for the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature, but was overlooked because the jury said the quality of his storytelling wasn’t good enough. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
The roman salute is unknown in Roman literature and is never mentioned by ancient historians of Rome en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
The first Gay Rights Movement took place in Germany during the nineteenth century. It was brought to America by Heinrich Gerber in the 1920s. During the Nazi-Regime the literature was lost and burned, together with the memory of gay rights in Germany. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned of molecules that were purposefully given funny or silly names in the scientific literature, such as Arsole, Cummingtonite, Spermine, Dickite, Moronic Acid, Curious Chloride, Erotic Acid, Windowpane, Clitoriacetal, Clitorin, Constipatic Acid, DEAD, Furfuryl Furfurate, and many others. scienceinschool.org/2009/…
In 1966 Flora Nwapa, became the first African woman to have a novel published. Up until then, the narrative of African literature had come from a male’s perspective and was not as diverse as western literature face2faceafrica.com/artic…
The French taught in Canadian schools is mainly Parisian French, and Canadian French truly lacks learning literature. Many individuals who have successfully learnt French often have a hard time understanding the QuΓ©bΓ©cois learncanadianfrench.ca/ab…
The Olympics used to award medals for arts (literature, architecture, painting etc). Between 1912-1948 a total of 151 medals were awarded - the tradition was brought in because the Ancient Greeks used to hold art events alongside the games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Herman Melville, the author of "Moby Dick", also wrote "Clarel" - an 18,000-line poem that is the longest in American literature en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…

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